• Clarence Thomas

  • In Conversation at the 92nd Street Y
  • By: Clarence Thomas
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (150 ratings)

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaks with Jan Crawford Greenberg on his career in the court system, his shift in ideology from radical to conservative, and his opinions on affirmative action and the limits of the power of the court. Clarence Thomas is a graduate of Yale University Law School and the author of My Grandfather's Son: A Memoir.

Jan Crawford Greenberg is a legal correspondent with ABC News and author of Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court.

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Interesting and worthwhile!

This 1.5 hour interview from almost a decade ago by Jan Greenburg gives Justice Thomas the opportunity to demonstrate the incredible intellectual force that he is. It appears to me that the interview is related to the 2008 release of his autobiographical book My Grandfather's Son. That wonderful book was never released in Audible or Kindle formats. Amazon does sell it in paperback format. I appreciate Audible releasing this interview through the 92nd Street Y series.

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Wow!!

I would probably be classified as a liberal (what's up with these labels anyway). I really wanted to understand the mindset of an African American 'Ultraconservative' being African American myself and somewhat successful. Well, I have come to the conclusion that the end result is determined by the journey - and what a journey it was for Justice Thomas. He has a place reserved on my study wall right next to Truman, Obama, Einstein and yes Malcolm x.

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Clarence Thomas gave a brilliant and moving interview to a progressive blockhead, Jan Greenberg. Jan is a liberal ideologue of the first water, and was unable to process most of what Justice Thomas was saying. In spite of that, the interview is well worth hearing. No doubt, Justice Thomas had plenty of experience with this kind of thing and navigated it with grace and charm. It's frustrating because Jan misses most of Justice Thomas' points and her follow-up questions come from the echo chamber in her head rather than the person sitting across from her. After hearing this, I went out and bought "My Grandfather's Son" immediately. I just wish there was an Audible version of that, read by Clarence Thomas.

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Audio Quality Distracting - Content Exceptional 🗽


🗽 Clarence Thomas: A Conversation At the 92nd Street 🗽

At Less Than $1 Learn About Justice Thomas - His Own Words

🗽 I have always had the utmost respect for Justice Thomas. His was the first Justice whose Senate confirmation I paid attention to. Democrats focused on blocking the conservative justice for the court, in my opinion. I was amazed at the tactics they tried to use instead of debating the merits of this man.

🗽 Clarence Thomas grew up in the segregated South. His family had nothing of monetary value but he chose not to use that as an excuse to fail.

🗽 This inexpensive and short listen will focus on the highs and lows of this man who came from humble roots, phases through anger, radicalism, advanced education, many paths that took him to become a justice of the Supreme Court.

🗽 Unfortunately, Audible.com or iTunes does not have Clarence Thomas autobiography available. It is called 'My Grandfather's Son.' I urge anyone to find it in CD audio, print or digital to read the story of his life.

The audio quality was not great, it wasn't bad either. It was subpar due to the fact that it sounded like it was recorded in an auditorium during the Q&A.

🗽 My advice: Find "My Grandfather's Son" immediately before or immediately after listening to Clarence Thomas: A Conversation At The 92nd Street Y,' you will not regret it.


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What an amazing man and justice

I loved it. It is fascinating how a man so smart is treated so poorly because he thinks for himself and not in line with what people think he should think. Justice Thomas gives us a view of how the Supreme Court should operate.
People often ask the question, "If you could have dinner with anyone in the world who would it be?" Justice Thomas would be my pick. No question!

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Fantastic Interview!

I love Clarence Thomas! He is one of the most influential and intelligent men in my lifetime. He's also extremely interesting. I enjoy listening to him speak. He's very clear and uses plain English.
I enjoyed how he would ignore silly questions, but quickly explain why.
he knows who he is and doesn't let the media or his own biases influence who he is as a judge.
Good and outstanding man. Superb judge.

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Great man, great interview.

Good job by the interviewer extracting interesting answers from him. Only wish the interview had gone on longer!

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Got a couple of good belly laughs

Enjoyed hear the Justice's commentary of a few questions and his insight on the role of a Supreme Court Justice. Fun and more importantly, interesting. Will challenge your sense of fairness.

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this is a good way to understand the brilliance of

I thank God for Clarence Thomas. The contribution he makes to our society is without measure. I am embarassed that he has had to endure so much unfair treatment in his lifetime, but he has clearly survived and thrived. I am greatful.

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What I never knew!

This took me into the mind of Clarence Thomas. It gave me a picture of how he reasoned when making decisions on the Supreme Court. This was eye-opening since press articles would have given you a different impression.

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